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Open thread 3/24/23

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  • borderlinebill March 24, 2023, 10:35 AM

    Whatcha doin’?

    Lookin’ fer a wise man.

  • Casey Klahn March 24, 2023, 11:30 AM

    I note the Trump NYC indictment is in limbo, and probably going away. Like I said would happen, and I’m sure most here saw this coming.

    Let’s take that good news as a breather from politics, and post some art. Here is a recent portrait I did. Enjoy.

    • John Venlet March 24, 2023, 12:09 PM

      I see a good-looking young lady, projecting an almost devil may care attitude which may be disquise, Casey. Is that an epaulette on her collar? This work kinda appeals to me.

      • Casey Klahn March 24, 2023, 12:28 PM

        Thanks, John! This young Italian model was playing the French actress, Lea Seydoux (wife of James Bond). She’s not only not wearing an epaulet, she’s not wearing anything at all! Unfortunately, when she did this 20 minute pose, I had too small a piece of paper mounted to get a proper half figure in – only the head and neck.

        Yes, she’s a hottie.

        • anon March 24, 2023, 1:25 PM

          Frankly, boobs are everywhere you look these days; you can’t escape them. Celebrities are outdoing themselves to see who can show the most. On a daily basis. Their dresses/tops are chosen to display their boobs like a buffet: “here they are, boys, come and get ’em!”. But “do not touch”! or you are a molesting pig!
          So actually I am glad your paper was too small! 🙂

          • Casey Klahn March 24, 2023, 4:59 PM

            I appreciate your point of view. We have more flesh in current times, and yet it feels coarse. However, there is art. One very wise friend, from Japan, says about painting the nude that the rationale goes: clothes aren’t alive. That works for me.

            Paint all the parts is what I advise young artists. It’s more noticeable when you skip the body parts, and perfectly artistic or civilized to paint the nude naked. After awhile you learn what is serious, and what is seemly.

        • John Venlet March 24, 2023, 1:26 PM

          …I had too small a piece of paper mounted to get a proper half figure in – only the head and neck.

          Casey, hopefully you’ll be better prepared for just such an opportunity in the future.

          • Casey Klahn March 24, 2023, 1:57 PM

            Hee hee. Oh, believe me! I know which side of the paper the drawing goes on.

            When it’s only the artist and the model, you have the time to pose her (sometimes him) and you respond with the tools as needed. However, when you’re in a group of artists in an open studio, in life or online, then it is like being in a shooting gallery. You guess what kinds of paper and what dimensions, before the session. Then, the model beings to adopt poses at her own discretion. It’s a pheasant hunt, with targets popping up and you must be on the spot. Time is always short.

            My actual best skill is to quickly capture the gesture (life) of the figure in 1 or 2 minutes, and to properly parse the life from the form. Anyway, all this to say I have dozens of drawings and a handful of paintings of Mariangela in her birthday suit, head to toe. Nudity is just the state of being in the art, you understand. ahem. But, my job isn’t the world’s worst job, I guess.

    • anon March 24, 2023, 1:14 PM

      Well done!

    • Anne March 25, 2023, 9:43 AM

      Thank you so much, Casey. This is exactly what we need today! It is good to have your work back here on site–I like it!

      • Casey Klahn March 25, 2023, 10:39 AM

        Thank you, Anne, and thanks for the encouragement.

  • Casey Klahn March 24, 2023, 12:34 PM

    Correction: Bond never marries the Lea Seydoux character. My bad.

    • ghostsniper March 24, 2023, 2:31 PM

      There would never be a retirement for this Bond.


      • Klahn. Casey Klahn March 24, 2023, 5:30 PM

        I avoided watching that one when it first presented after the movie came out, and I oriented myself to the dead Bond narrative. I didn’t want to be awakened after that druggy does of fictional demise.

        Now, consider the new documentary on the first “new” Bond, the great one-timer, George Lazenby. It turns out the reason he did not sign for subsequent JB roles was that he told Broccoli and Saltzman to shove it where the cinematic lights don’t shine. It’s more epic that way.

        • ghostsniper March 24, 2023, 7:25 PM

          Last year I added all Bond DVD’s to the library except 2.
          The old Peter Sellers one and the brand new slanderous one.
          I think I have 26 total now.
          Putting together a list of Clint films to get next.

          • Casey Klahn March 24, 2023, 8:20 PM

            I must’ve been the target audience for the 1967 Casino Royale, because I really enjoyed seeing it in the grand old movie house when it came out. I was 8 or 9. The new one is slanderous? OK, you get your opinion. I did enjoy all of the metas in the No Time to Die movie. It was a respectful review of the legacy. After I saw your alternative ending vid., I recalled how Daniel Craig had already died once in his franchise. maybe the next movie ought to be titled: You Only Die Twice.
            I just watched one of the top 3 Eastwoods, for probably the fourth time: The Unforgiven. This time I noticed he ducked right when he started the bar fight. There’s no doubt that the Gene Hackman/Richard Harris part is movie gold, and director Clint Eastwood was a big man to allow for that. I need to binge the Italian ones of his.

            • ghostsniper March 25, 2023, 4:41 AM

              The Sellers one if difficult to find at a reasonable price and in the right region. I keep watching for one.

              When I mentioned the “new” one I was going on what I had read about it. Maybe I should have wrote “next” one. I heard it has a negro female in Bond’s role. If that is true it won’t be in my collection.

              Yeah, the Clint Spaghetti trifecta is first in my sights to add to the library. My problem with Unforgiven (though it will be added too is that so much of it is filmed very dark (absence of light), and a lot of “whispering” going on that makes it difficult for an old dood like me that destroyed his hearing through many acts of negligence at younger ages.

              • Casey Klahn March 25, 2023, 8:54 AM

                If I ever see that CR one I’ll get it for you. Did you say DVD?

                Ha ha. I can’t hear spit in many movies. My son bought me a big boom box bluetooth speaker that I rely on to watch anything on the net.

                The black female Bond thing is a trailer tease. It doesn’t play out that way in the movie. D. Craig is all Bond, all the time in the movie, but oo7 for only most of the time. It’s fine – I was ready to be triggered the same as you, but the movie does fine. I don’t want to break the Bond still lives fantasy, but they actually put up his headstone on Faroe Island, so there is that. Proof: https://youtu.be/DsFklYiAO74

        • Anonymous March 25, 2023, 4:14 PM

          I recall the Peter Sellers version … long ago. Liked the book better over both versions.
          “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” is my favorite Bond movie but didn’t care for Telly Savalas as the villain. He’s one like Clint Eastwood – he plays “Telly Savalas”; he can’t make the viewer forget that. (which is OK in Eastwood movies)

          • Casey Klahn March 26, 2023, 3:31 AM

            Sevalas played a pretty good pathological Maggot (The Dirty Dozen).

            • Anonymous March 26, 2023, 3:26 PM

              Yes he did. One of his better performances and one of my favorite movies from that era. But he still came across more as Telly Savalas than Blofield in OHMSS.
              But I’ll take any of those over what’s being offered these days. Makes me miss (shudder) disco.

  • ghostsniper March 24, 2023, 2:15 PM

    Prompted by an article over at Neo’s place, https://www.thenewneo.com/2023/03/21/the-distinction-between-intersex-and-transgender/ I looked a little deeper into it. That led me to this place, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001669.htm#:~:text=Intersex%20is%20a%20group%20of,for%20this%20condition%20is%20hermaphroditism.

    It really is a simple thing, as most people already knew. But by making it seem much more complex than it is it causes the weak knee’d to fold before they get out of the blocks. That’s why the cux of both genders get their knickers in a twist of this simplest thing and those that really are complicated.

    Yes, science is real and always will be (like math) even though shysters that need killed will always try to claim otherwise. The hedonist/nihilist will do almost anything to justify its behavior. History has shown time and time again a smart crack across the yap is the cure.

  • ghostsniper March 24, 2023, 3:02 PM

    This guy always does cool stuff.
    Manhattan inside a whale.


    • jwm March 24, 2023, 6:46 PM

      Neat-O piece of work. Dude’s got the skillz. Interesting watching him do all the shaping with a chain saw, angle grinder, and Dremel tools. A lot of stone carvers work like that. The guy I used to get my stone from a long time ago used those five gallon buckets as quivers for half a dozen or more different angle, and die grinders. That sort of power tool work is a whole ‘nuther skill set. You can accomplish a lot of work in a short time, but one awkward turn with an angle grinder, and your shape is, to put it politely, screwed. Besides that, it’s noisy and messy. I don’t want to work in haz-mat gear. That’s why I work primitive- mallet, chisel, rasp, and file. Gloves and glasses are safety gear enough.


  • ThisIsNotNutella March 24, 2023, 5:57 PM

    The Big D is a tad overdressed.

  • ThisIsNotNutella March 24, 2023, 10:42 PM

    Has someone posted this link already?


    New US Army commercial. The comments are priceless, hilarious, and heartwarming.

    • ghostsniper March 25, 2023, 4:49 AM

      The most common sentiment in the comments:
      “Why should white men die for a country that hates them?”

      Jeez, that ain’t the army I was part of just 48 years ago.
      Hey Casey, go take a look at the link.

      The worst part?
      That the army is bragging thusly.
      I’d pay good money to watch whoever put that together dragged till there is nothing left but a frayed rope.

      • Casey Klahn March 25, 2023, 9:06 AM

        Yeah. I about SMPants at that commercial. I watched the Bunker Hill part, and I was thinking: do they realize these are patriots fighting on God’s Own Authority against the tyrannical government in England? Irony much?

        US Army recruiting is down, I guess it is %25. The equivalent of an army division. What corporation could have a quarter of it’s personnel, or production, go up in smoke, and still survive? This is the same military that said, a decade or so ago, that it didn’t want to fight a two front war. Well, F me sideways. Look at the world, now.

        Incidentally, the military age population of the US are about 70-something percent too fat, dumb, or weak to serve. I hate to say this, but what about the wimmin in the combat arms billets? You know damn good and well they’re a liability in those units.

        We seem to be rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell, and we’re too silly to realize how dangerously bad these fukn commercials look to our enemies.

  • ghostsniper March 25, 2023, 6:56 AM

    Thinking people already know what’s going on, and have from the beginning.

    Murders in US Are Very Concentrated, and They Are Becoming Even More So
    12 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2023
    John R. Lott
    Crime Prevention Research Center

    Date Written: January 17, 2023

    While murders and other violent crime in Los Angeles County and some other major urban areas have spread out to parts of those counties that didn’t previously experience much crime, nationwide murders appear to be coming even more concentrated in a small set of counties. When it comes to murder, there are three types of counties in the United States. Most counties experience no murders, a smaller set where there are a few murders, and then a tiny set of counties where murders are very common. In 2020, 52% of counties (with 10% of the population) had no murders. 68% of counties have no more than one murder, and about 18% of the population. These counties account for only 2.6% of all murders in the country. The worst 1% of counties (the worst 31 counties) have 21% of the population and 42% of the murders. The worst 2% of counties (62 counties) contain 31% of the population and 56% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 73% of murders. But even within those counties, the murders are very heavily concentrated in small areas.


    • Anonymous March 26, 2023, 3:29 PM

      Rats squeezed into a cage … where cats fear to tread.

  • ghostsniper March 25, 2023, 7:09 AM

    But wait…there’s more!
    (remember what remus said)

    Daniel Greenfield March 22, 2023
    Democrats desperately trying to spin high crime rates caused by their pro-crime policies began falsely claiming that crime was a Republican problem. The media began running articles with headlines like, “Red States Have Higher Murder Rates” and “Republicans Like to Talk Tough on Crime — But They’re the Ones with a Real Crime Problem”.

    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who once claimed that the internet would have no more of an impact than the fax machine, argued that high crime was really a Republican problem and decided to prove it by claiming that, “Oklahoma’s murder rate was almost 50 percent higher than California’s, almost double New York’s.”

    Krugman, who somehow has a Nobel Prize, failed to note that most of the murders were coming out of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. In last year’s gubernatorial election, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt won most of the state while Oklahoma, Tulsa and Cleveland counties however went to leftist Democrat Joy Hofmeister. The ‘blue’ parts of Oklahoma are also red with blood.

    “The fact is the rates of violent crime are higher in Oklahoma under your watch,” Hoffmeister had claimed in a viral gubernatorial debate attack. Oklahoma had 287 murders in 2020: 166 came out of Oklahoma County and Tulsa County, the two counties that supported Hoffmeister.

    Oklahoma County and Tulsa are two of the 62 counties that were responsible for 56% of America’s murders in 2020. A groundbreaking study by John R. Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, revealed that “1% of counties have 21% of the population and 42% of the murders” and “2% of counties contain 31% of the population and 56% of the murders.”

    The 1% of bloody red counties include such Democrat strongholds as Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Dallas, D.C., Miami-Dade, Milwaukee, San Diego, St. Louis, Chicago’s Cook County, Houston’s Harris County, Detroit’s Wayne County, Memphis’ Shelby County, Phoenix’s Maricopa County, Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County, and many others.

    Biden won Cook County, the bloodiest county in the country, by 66%. He won Los Angeles County, the second bloodiest, by 71%, Harris County by 56%, Philadelphia by 81%, New York City by 76%, Wayne County by 68%, and Shelby County by 64%.

    Shelby was not only one of the three counties in Tennessee to vote Democrat, it was also responsible for 311 of the state’s 682 murders. Similarly, Wayne County was responsible for 379 of Michigan’s 693 murders. Houston accounted for 405 of the 537 murders in Harris County and along with Dallas’ 251 murders, Austin’s 47, San Antonio’s 128, Fort Worth’s 99, accounted for around half of murders in Texas. Maricopa County made up 299 of the 423 murders in Arizona.

    Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, accounted for nearly half of the murders in the state, even though it has less than 10% of the population. Milwaukee was responsible for 201 of Wisconsin’s 308 murders even though it also has less than 10% of the population.

    There isn’t a red state murder problem, red states have a Democrat crime problem.

    The CPRC study showed that while 2% of counties populated by Democrats were responsible for 56% of the country’s murders, 52% of counties had no murders and 68% of counties had at most one murder.

    These numbers clearly show that America is not a violent country, that we do not have a crime problem and that gun culture is not the issue: crime culture in Democrat cities is the issue.

    Democrat crime cities and counties have created a massive social problem that otherwise would hardly exist. As the study notes, “If the 1% of the counties with the worst number of murders somehow were to become a separate country, the murder rate in the rest of the US would have been only 4.31 in 2020. Removing the worst 2% or 5% would have reduced the US rate to just 3.71 or 2.99 per 100,000, respectively.” We could have the murder rate of New Zealand.

    If it wasn’t for the Democrat crime counties.

    America is not a dangerous or crime-ridden country. Unfortunately Democrat cities are overrun with criminals and the politicians who cater to them. The Democrats became an urban party and, after jettisoning the white working class and the small business middle class became the party of criminals. From police defunding to the Black Lives Matter riots to mass jailbreaks and the legalization of drugs and shoplifting in major cities, they embraced pro-crime policies that unleashed a massive crime wave. And now they pretend not to know what’s causing the crime.

    “Nationwide, violent crime rose substantially in 2020,” Krugman admitted. “Nobody knows for sure what caused the surge — just as nobody knows for sure what caused the epic decline in crime from 1990 to the mid-2010.”

    Tough-on-crime policies cut crime in the 90s and the oughts: pro-crime policies boosted crime.

    There’s no mystery here. Crime is caused by repeat offenders. In the 90s we began locking them up and then about 5 years ago, we began letting them go at the federal and state level.

    In ‘I Can’t Breathe: How a Racial Hoax Is Killing America’, David Horowitz exposed the lies behind the Black Lives Matter pro-crime movement and warned of the pandemic of crime that was being unleashed. That hoax has unleashed unprecedented violence, but that crime wave largely remains confined to Democrat areas where criminals prey on members of the party.

    More than an additional 5,000 people were killed in 2020. There is little doubt that the disproportionate majority of both the victims and the killers were Democrats. Democrat pro-crime policies are killing Americans, but mostly they’re killing fellow Democrats.

    An added 5,000 murders alone means $85 billion in costs. That’s a fraction of the money, estimated at half a trillion dollars, that we spend every year coping with the criminal justice and social problems caused by Democrat crime.

    America could be a safe and pleasant place to live. And the majority of its counties, which are mostly Republican, are. Unfortunately many of its Democrat counties are broken places, packed with broken families, criminal cultures and leftist politicians who pander to the criminals.

    And the party and its media cover it up with lies about systemic racism.


    • ThisIsNotNutella March 25, 2023, 1:06 PM

      13 do 50 (*)

      And always will, for as long as they’re permitted to get away with it.

      * Conservative estimate. Some would have it closer to 60% of all violent crime in the USA is perpetrated by the Obsolete Farm Equipment.

      • ghostsniper March 25, 2023, 5:39 PM

        The rumor is that the farm equipment wasn’t becoming obsolete because of Eli Whitney but because too much beating was required to get so little work. At least the horses and oxens didn’t piss and moan and didn’t steal your shit.

      • Terry March 26, 2023, 5:51 PM

        “Obsolete farm equipment”

        Very good Nutella. Best laugh I’ve had in a while-

    • Richard G. March 25, 2023, 1:29 PM

      I think my reply went to digital purgatory.

      • ghostsniper March 25, 2023, 5:39 PM

        Same here at times. Some times it shows up later on.

    • ThisIsNotNutella March 26, 2023, 3:13 PM

      Ah… Here we go.

      Something new from Jared Taylor at American Renaissance (not in this lifetime, sorry) summarising some recent research into racial crime statistics:


      Well worth perusing. Certainly more so than the above article by Dan Greenfield the Kosher Samosa (well he does call himself Sultan Knish) who uses the word ‘Black’ only twice in his article and then only as part of the phrase Black Lives Matter. A search for the word ‘Race’ appears once, and then only as a topic tag over in the sidebar. Clicking on said tag doesn’t even bring up the article on ‘Democrat (it is to laugh) Counties’

      • ghostsniper March 26, 2023, 6:24 PM

        Q: Who didn’t know of these things?
        A: Numbskalls with their heads in the asses.

        Since I was a little kid in a little town I knew about the “bad” parts of town, and to stay away from them. 60 years hence it is even worse, and some how, even more people do not know.

        • ThisIsNotNutella March 26, 2023, 8:45 PM

          Problem is that Not Knowing the Obvious *and* Inventing Complex False Explanations for Simple Obvious Phenomena is the primary in-group membership signalling mechanism of the Western Ruling Class these days.

          So… Emperor’s New Clothes… Nothing new, right? Sorta kinda… except that they’re Invented Complex False Explanations for Simple Obvious Phenomena then drive virtually *all* public policy making and allocation of resources both public and private (Blackstone, Silicon Valley Oligarchs, etc. say Hi).

          We’re fucked.

          • ThisIsNotNutella March 26, 2023, 8:47 PM

            There should be a Their in there in the last para. They’re messing with muh haiedddd. Can’t find the damn tinfoil hat this morning.

  • Casey Klahn March 25, 2023, 10:39 AM

    Thank you, Anne, and thanks for the encouragement.

  • Richard G. March 25, 2023, 1:30 PM

    “There isn’t a red state murder problem, red states have a Democrat crime problem.”

    This is true, yet I find myself wondering am I the only one who sees or points out the irony of the respective color coding on electoral maps? How did this come about? Simple coincidence?
    I am old enough to remember my family’s first television, a small black and white with rabbit ear antennas perched on top that could be wheeled around from room to room on a creaky wheeled cart.

    Electoral maps then were – wait for it – black and white. Who’d a thunk.

    In the ’60s color TV arrived in all of its gaudy color contrast that constantly needed to be adjusted so faces weren’t purple or orange or green. Suddenly electoral maps became red or blue, but each network independently chose their own scheme for party color ID. Since both parties chose red white and blue as their standard patriotic colors the networks were free to assign either party red or blue, with some networks assigning the Democrats red and Republicans blue. Change channels and the colors would be the reverse.
    This was true all through the ’60s and ’70s. All this changed with the advent of Ronald Raygun’s presidential campaign. He was widely known to be an ardent anti-communist dating back the his stint as president of the screen actors guild way before he was ever governor of California. Suddenly the media liberals in charge of subliminal propaganda messaging realized it was NOT A GOOD LOOK to label the party of Jimmy Carter with the electoral map color of RED, the color of international communism. America was sure to see the connection subliminally. It was too big of a tell.
    On a dime all electoral maps regardless of medium, broadcast or print, all media chose red for Republicans and true blue for Democrats. At the time this struck me as glaringly obvious. And yet it became the standard nation wide. I suspect that if there were a move to reverse the color code, there would be a hew and cry from the left that they were being stigmatized.
    Remove their masks. Alinsky Rule #4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

  • anonymous March 26, 2023, 9:08 AM

    I have always felt(known) that Joe Biden was corrupt–I don’t recall ever doubting it. A quick look at this part of his life. The timing of the event is too, too coincidental. This was also a time when a fact-reporting journalist was run into a ditch/killed in response to her investigations. I believe this event solidified Joe’s relationship with the mob.

    Neilia Hunter Biden
    Main article: Neilia Hunter Biden
    Neilia Hunter Biden, the first wife of Joe Biden, was born on July 28, 1942. The couple married on August 27, 1966.[5] After the wedding, the Bidens moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden was on the New Castle County Council. The couple had three children: Joseph Robinette “Beau” III, Robert Hunter and Naomi Christina “Amy”.[6] Biden campaigned to unseat U.S. Senator from Delaware J. Caleb Boggs and Neilia was described by The News Journal as the “brains” of his victorious campaign.[5]

    On December 18, 1972, while her husband was still just a U.S. senator-elect, Neilia was driving with Naomi, Beau, and Hunter to buy a Christmas tree, when their car was hit by a tractor-trailer. Neilia and the children were taken to Wilmington General Hospital. Neilia and Naomi died upon arrival, but her two sons survived with serious injuries.[7][8] Biden was sworn into the Senate on January 3, 1973, at the hospital where his sons were being treated.[5]

  • Joe Krill March 26, 2023, 10:14 AM

    The only thing you need to know about Ron DeSantis:

    • John Venlet March 26, 2023, 11:31 AM

      DeSantis is in the club, yeah, the club that we ain’t in, and don’t want to be in.

      • Joe Krill March 26, 2023, 12:59 PM

        John, I clicked on your name and was taken to your blog. I appreciate what you have written and sincerely thank you. I am sending your article on the 35th Psalm out to a lot of people. May you be kept strong in the faith and have a Blessed day. Joe Krill

        From John Venlet blog:
        About me:
        I am a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ, proud veteran of the United States Submarine Service, flyfisher, constant reader, husband, father, and grandfather, who daily strives to improve myself, because I cannot improve you. I am a free man with a free mind.

      • jd March 27, 2023, 5:58 AM

        Loved reading about your Chickadees, John.

    • ghostsniper March 26, 2023, 11:56 AM
  • ThisIsNotNutella March 26, 2023, 5:47 PM

    From the Never a Dull Day in Clown World Department.


    This is the Black (but of course) narrator used by US Army in its latest recruiting video, the one I posted a link to the other day. The one full of historical young white men dying for… Well it’s kind of hard to say what for these days.

    But still, it is a truth universally acknowledged that if some putative public good (e.g. white boys enlisting en masse to fight for Other People’s benefit) is not blessed/sacralised by a Holy Black Body, it’s just not kosher. Perhaps US Army Recruiting had Better Call Saul, err… Morgan Freeman’s agent anyway.

    • ghostsniper March 26, 2023, 6:32 PM

      “All the evidence proves that Mr. Majors is entirely innocent and did not assault her whatsoever. Unfortunately, this incident came about because this woman was having an emotional crisis, for which she was taken to a hospital yesterday.”
      You just can’t believe ANYTHING in the media these days.

      But…this jumped right out at me:

      “This evidence includes video footage from the vehicle where this episode took place…”

      Sounds like he was in a vehicle that did not belong to him.
      I can’t imagine a scenario in which that would happen to me.
      But then, I have arranged my life to more a simplistic style.

      • nunnya bidnez, jr March 27, 2023, 1:29 PM

        ” from the vehicle where this episode took place”…
        Almost all NYC taxis and limos (and public buses) have cameras in them, and it seems the “assault” took place in a taxi, therefore there is a video of whatever transpired.

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